COVID-19 is very contagious. COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person through the air and through close contact with infected individuals. The risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is low, however, COVID-19 can spread from people to animals during close contact.
Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms.
How does this happen?
When an infected person breathes, coughs, sneezes, or talks, their mouth releases droplets that contain the COVID-19 virus. Once in the air, these infectious droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or be inhaled into the lungs. Infection is possible by touching contaminated surfaces, but the risk is low.